A:     This is exciting. The judicial commission will begin holding public hearings from April 16. Now let’s see if the PTI can come up with some substantial evidence to support its allegations. Considering how desperately they wanted the JC to be set up, I think it’s safe to assume that they will have plenty to share with our esteemed judges.

S:     I disagree. I don’t think that they will be able to prove anything. Imran may be convinced, but others in his party who are in sync with reality know fully well that they can’t possibly establish that the general elections of 2013 were systematically rigged in favour of the PML-N. PTI won’t fare any better in the JC than it did before the election tribunals.

A:     I don’t know, Sadiq. Why would they keep pushing for something if they don’t even believe that they will benefit from it? It doesn’t make any sense. I’m sure that the party realizes how bad it is going to look if it doesn’t win this one. It’s entire post-election politics has been premised on the claim that rigged elections should be probed. Regardless, I think it’s great that the matter will be probed. This will help curtail rigging in the coming elections.

S:     You know what I think? I think that they never really wanted the JC. Remember what their original position was? Nawaz should resign, assemblies should be dismissed and a JC should be formed. Then they said that let the assemblies stay but Nawaz must go. Having failed at achieving that too, they finally settled for the formation of JC. They even had to compromise on the terms of reference. The real plan was to send the parliament packing but that didn’t happen so here we are. I can’t say that I am not going to thoroughly enjoy seeing them humiliate themselves like never before.

A:     Don’t be so sure, Sadiq. You never know. You and I can both agree that the PML-N is not a party of saints. Let’s wait, and see what the PTI has to show.